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Markets will remain closed on 30th November, 2020 on account of Guru Nanak Jayanti.

Sensex Opens Flat; Banking & FMCG Stocks Under Pressure
Tue, 20 Oct 09:30 am | Yash Vora, TM Team

Asian stock markets are lower today as investors adjusted risk exposure heading into the US election and as a deadline for Washington to pass an economic stimulus bill approached.

The Hang Seng is trading down by 0.2% and the Nikkei is trading down by 0.4%.

In US, Wall Street's main indexes closed lower on Monday as there seemed to be no consensus among US lawmakers on coronavirus stimulus ahead of a Tuesday deadline that would make a relief package possible ahead of the elections.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 411 points, or 1.4% while the Nasdaq Composite dropped 193 points, or 1.7%.

Back home, Indian share markets have opened the day on a flat note.

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Market participants are tracking shares of Hindustan Unilever (HUL) and Bombay Dyeing as these companies are scheduled to announce their Q2FY21 results later today.

The BSE Sensex is trading up by 55 points. The NSE Nifty is trading higher by 14 points.

HCL Tech and L&T are among the top gainers today. SBI, on the other hand, is among the top losers today.

The BSE Mid Cap index has opened down by 0.1%. The BSE Small Cap index opened up by 0.2%.

Sectoral indices are trading mixed with stocks in the banking sector witnessing selling pressure. IT stocks, on the other hand, are trading in green.

The rupee is trading at 73.35 against the US$.

Gold prices are trading down by 0.3% at Rs 50,539 per 10 grams.

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The Sensex breached the 40,000-mark earlier this month. Meanwhile, the Nifty went past the 12,000-mark last week on Monday.

The smallcap index is up more than 60% since 23 March.

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In news from the economic space, the government has not closed the option of a third stimulus package in the current financial year, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday, a week after announcing measures to boost consumer spending and capital expenditure.

Speaking at the launch of a book by NK Singh, Chairperson of the 15th Finance Commission, the Finance Minister said, "we have not closed the option for another stimulus package. We have now started doing some kind of assessment on GDP contraction, we have got some input. We will have to come up with the assessment, whether in parliament or in public."

On 12 October, the finance minister announced a stimulus package worth Rs 466.8 billion, including incentives for central government employees to spend more on consumer durables as well as higher capital expenditure for both the Centre and states.

Asked whether the finance ministry will come out with its own projection for the GDP contraction for the fiscal, Sitharaman said the ministry has just started making an assessment after waiting for the first half of the fiscal to be over.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has projected the economy to contract 9.5% in FY21 while the International Monetary Fund has estimated GDP to shrink 10.3%.

Replying to another question, the minister said the cabinet will soon take up a proposal to identify the strategic sectors in which public sector enterprises would function, opening up other sectors to the private sector as announced as part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat package.

Earlier today, Sitharaman held a video conference with Secretaries of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, and Ministry of Coal, along with the chairman and managing directors of 14 central public sector enterprises belonging to these Ministries, to review the capital expenditure in this financial year.

How the above developments pan out remains to be seen.

Moving on to stock specific news...

Larsen & Toubro (L&T) is among the top buzzing stocks today.

L&T has emerged as the lowest bidder for constructing the largest segment of the high speed rail line between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

The company bid Rs 249.9 billion for the 237.1 km stretch for the bullet train project, beating two other bids led by Tata Projects and Afcons Infrastructure.

L&T emerged as the lowest bidder after the National High-Speed Rail Corp (NHSRCL) opened financial bids submitted by the three infrastructure development firms for package C4 on Monday.

This is the largest for the line's construction, representing 47% of the main line of 508.17 km.

L&T share price has opened the day up by 1.5%.

Apart from L&T, market participants are also tracking BPCL share price.

The oil major's privatization bid deadline will not be extended for the fifth time, as the government's strategic disinvestment program that was hit by the pandemic is back on track, DIPAM Secretary said on Monday.

The current deadline is 16 November.

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TATA ELXSI Share Price Up by 6%; BSE IT Index Down 0.8% (Today's Market)

Nov 27, 2020 03:34 PM

TATA ELXSI share price is trading up by 6% and its current market price is Rs 1,610. The BSE IT is down by 0.8%. The top gainers in the BSE IT Index are TATA ELXSI (up 6.3%) and L&T INFOTECH (up 5.4%). The top losers are PERSISTENT SYSTEMS (down 0.6%) and MPHASIS (down 0.9%).

NESCO Share Price Up by 5%; BSE REALTY Index Up 2.5% (Today's Market)

Nov 27, 2020 03:34 PM

NESCO share price is trading up by 5% and its current market price is Rs 547. The BSE REALTY is up by 2.5%. The top gainers in the BSE REALTY Index are NESCO (up 5.5%) and INDIABULLS REAL EST (up 6.5%). The top losers are OMAXE (down 0.4%) and PRESTIGE ESTATES (down 3.2%).

J.B.CHEMICALS Share Price Up by 6%; BSE HEALTHCARE Index Up 1.0% (Today's Market)

Nov 27, 2020 03:34 PM

J.B.CHEMICALS share price is trading up by 6% and its current market price is Rs 1,006. The BSE HEALTHCARE is up by 1.0%. The top gainers in the BSE HEALTHCARE Index are J.B.CHEMICALS (up 5.6%) and PROCTER & GAMBLE HEALTH (up 8.8%). The top losers are SUN PHARMA (down 0.1%) and PFIZER (down 0.3%).

V GUARD INDUSTRIES Share Price Up by 5%; BSE CAPITAL GOODS Index Up 0.3% (Today's Market)

Nov 27, 2020 03:32 PM

V GUARD INDUSTRIES share price is trading up by 5% and its current market price is Rs 186. The BSE CAPITAL GOODS is up by 0.3%. The top gainers in the BSE CAPITAL GOODS Index are V GUARD INDUSTRIES (up 5.1%) and THERMAX (up 6.8%). The top losers are GRAPHITE INDIA (down 0.1%) and SIEMENS (down 0.2%).

RATNAMANI METALS Share Price Up by 5%; BSE METAL Index Down 0.1% (Today's Market)

Nov 27, 2020 03:32 PM

RATNAMANI METALS share price is trading up by 5% and its current market price is Rs 1,725. The BSE METAL is down by 0.1%. The top gainers in the BSE METAL Index is RATNAMANI METALS (up 5.3%). The top losers are NMDC (down 0.1%) and HINDALCO (down 1.7%).

Sensex Trades Marginally Lower; Dow Futures Up by 13 Points (Today's Market)

Nov 27, 2020 12:30 pm

BSE Sensex is trading down by 44 points, while the NSE Nifty is trading flat.

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